Sick Yellow Tang?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by dadstank, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. dadstank

    dadstank Guest

    Hi, all. It has been quite a while since my last post, and I apologize. Tank is running well and everyone is mostly happy.

    Last night I noticed my yellow tang had a pretty bad scratch on it. Today it looks terrible. I don't have a quarantine tank (I can turn a container into one if necessary), but first wanted to get thoughts on what this might be.

    Fish is eating as normal and swimming as normal. Color on the under belly is a bit whiter than normal is some splotchy sections, and the side is as you see it.


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  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Any new additions?

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  3. Enderturtle

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  4. dadstank

    dadstank Guest

    No new additions in well over a year.....
  5. dadstank

    dadstank Guest

    Thanks for the links. I'm going to set up a quarantine tank and try to treat the fish.

    I'll keep y'all posted.
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  6. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    I don't think it's Uronema. Take a look at:

    To me it looks like a physical injury that might have a secondary infection. So hard to guess from a picture.

    What other fish do you have in the tank? Perhaps another tang gave it a tail slap or it bumped into the rocks???

    Good luck!
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  7. dadstank

    dadstank Guest

    I stopped into Aquatic Collections in Hayward this afternoon. I really like those guys. Great stock too....

    They confirmed suspicions it is not uronema, but most likely the yellow got into it with a tank-mate or scratched something terribly hard in the tank. I'm edging on a spiny urchin. I've got 2 and they are way to big for my 120. (trade anyone?) The fish also has a much smaller, fading red line on the other side too. They suggested Selcon mixed into the next few dinners. I gave a bit extra too. 1 Brine shrimp, 1 Mysis shrimp and 1 generic "marine cuisine" they all love. Gave a bit of an extra dose and not a drop was left 3.5 minutes into a 5 minute feed cycle on the Apex. The injured yellow ate like its usual champ. As I type it is picking at rocks looking for leftovers. Good sign. I know hopefulness is not an answer, but right now that's where I'm at.

    @aqua-nut; I have a 5 year old blue damsel (1 in a bag of 10 for $5 at 6th Ave) as well as a nemo bought on the same day as said damsel for $3. Roughly 15 months ago, a good friend with a 500 gallon FO tank passed away. Two weeks prior, my 11 year old Sailfin (Isabelle. Bitch.) passed too. Thankfully, I was left with a basically empty tank and was able to adopt a blue tang he had for 7 years, a pair of Tomato Clowns he has had for over 10 years and this pair of yellow tangs he was said to have had for more than 5 years. There is also a large jaw goby (actual species unexplored, 6th Ave purchase) that is a frontal fish and two other lawnmower blennies (again from 6th Ave) that you get to see from time to time. Those three have been in the tank for a few years now, can't recall. And of course an assorted cleanup crew that gets added too every now and again....

    That all said, I am a bad reef keeper and my water is down right filthy. I will get back on my water change cycle. I am sorry fishes.
  8. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    And stop goin to 6th ave if you haven't already!!!!!
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  9. Prisonfood53

    Prisonfood53 Guest

    Haha I always thought that place was what a black market for fish would look like.

  10. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Exactly what I was going to say! Please do NOT shop here. One of the worst stores in terms of how they house, and care for their live stock that I have ever seen. The fish are netted over and over by the customers just to look at them, and then put back while they net another. It's really bad.

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  11. dadstank

    dadstank Guest

    Its been awhile. Anything from there was always treated as a "renter" to me....
  12. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Fixed that for you
  13. dadstank

    dadstank Guest


    Speaking of local shops, I just opened a new office in San Mateo. Anyone been to "The Ultimate Aquarium" on El Camino?
  14. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Not my favorite. Go across the bridge to aquatic collection!

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